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"It will bring your family closer together!”

-  Chicago Tribune

Coming to the Chopin Theatre November 8 - December 29, 2019!


A ballet-free tradition for Chicago!

“Imaginative and inventive! It's more than earned a place in the roster of EXCEPTIONAL Chicago holiday shows. I was teary-eyed in less than five minutes.”
Chicago Reader

"It'll pull at your heart strings while hitting your funny bone."
The Fourth Walsh

"★★★★! Warm, kind, moving, inclusive, affordable and wholly original!"
Chicago Tribune

New City

Celebrating a full decade of making holiday memories with more than 30,000 audience members, The House brings this wholly original, ballet-free show back for its 10th Anniversary production. Appearing again at the Chopin Theatre, and featuring all-new puppets, The Nutcracker is fast-paced, beautifully choreographed, family-friendly, and moving, even for those of us that might be on the Grinch’s side from time to time.

This fantastical expansion of the holiday classic centers on young Clara’s journey to save Christmas in the face of grief. With the help of a magical nutcracker, the brave girl risks the darkness, fights the Rat King, and saves her family. A modern holiday tradition weaving together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, and original songs, this spellbinding spectacle tells a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope—a fun outing fit for the whole family.

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Created by Company Members Phillip Klapperich, Jake Minton, Kevin O'Donnell, and Tommy Rapley
Based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann
Directed and choreographed by Company Member Tommy Rapley

The Chopin Theatre
1543 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60642

RUN DATES: November 8 – December 29, 2019
Thursdays & Fridays 7:30pm, Saturdays 3:00 & 7:30pm, Sundays 3:00 & 7:00pm
PRICES: $20-$50
BOX OFFICE: (773) 769-3832,

AGES: Recommended for ages 5 and up! Read the Parent's Guide.
RUN TIME: 2 hours, with a 15-minute intermission

GROUPS: Save 15% or more when you bring 10+ people!

SPECIAL EVENTS at The Nutcracker 


Pre-show on Thursday, December 12
Enjoy a pre-show mix n' mingle with drinks & apps and a ticket to the 7:30 show!


Sunday, November 24, 2:00pm – 5:30pm
Family Day offers "extras" for our younger guests ages 5+. Come early for kids' crafts including cookie decorating from our partners at Lakeview Whole Foods. Watch the 3:00pm matinee, and then join in character meet-n-greet for kids after the show.



Saturdays November 30 at 3:00pm, December 7 at 3:00pm, and December 28 at 3:00pm


Sunday, December 8 at 3:00pm


Saturday, December 14: (tour at 2:00pm, performance at 3:00pm)

Discounted tickets for Sensory-Friendly, Open Caption, and Audio Description are offered to those on our ACCESS listserv. Please join the listserv with this link.

Feel free to call us at (773) 769-3832 or email us at if you have any questions.

Learn more about ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES here.